Clear skies welcomed the 16000 spectators who had made their way to S.abbondio arena
. Karl Ludwig Schulz
was the appointed referee with assistance provided by Tony Fadiga
and Manuel Leal
S.D.M. tactics involved an interesting 3-4-3 combination.
The following players had been chosen: Nuora - Bosse, Bulboa, da Rocha - Haasnoot, Labaume, Tahrani, Jüttner - Iorizzo, Gesualdi, Leijer.
atletico had chosen a strategic 3-4-3 formation.
They fielded: Paraíso - Hoeder, Coll, Mercadal - Eschacker, Ramos, Gostkowski, Bitter - Granados, Ferrari, Czekaj.
S.D.M.'s L. Jüttner
tried to break through in the middle repeatedly, but couldn't get past the visitors' defenders.
S.D.M. fans held their breath as B. Labaume
scampered down the left side. He successfully avoided all challenges and cracked home the shot for 1 - 0!
A speedy charge from the left side of the field increased the lead of S.D.M. to 2 - 0 as C. Haasnoot
finished it off competently, firing in from an acute angle.
of atletico seemed to be floating in the air as he elegantly headed in to make the score 2 - 1 after a corner kick that was nicely executed by E. Gostkowski
With 40 minutes played, J. Bitter
came in from the right and could have evened the score, but the defenders successfully repelled the attack by atletico.
In a rapid move 41 minutes into the match, L. Jüttner
of S.D.M. lost his man and passed the ball to the unmarked P. Gesualdi
who easily hit it home to make it 3 - 1. Luckily the ref didn't see him taunting the opposing fans in celebration - naughty boy!
atletico will have to do without L. Hoeder
for a time, due to a bad foot injury at the 43 minute mark. He was substituted by P. Bajkai
Halftime score was 3 - 1.
S.D.M. enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 60 percent of possession.
Things were deteriorating for the away team as S.D.M. scored another to make it 4 - 1 after a left side attack resulted in a goal for Á. da Rocha
after 48 minutes.
At this point, it was obvious that the players of S.D.M. lowered the tempo and became more defensively oriented.
S.D.M. solidified their lead at the 62 minute mark, as P. Gesualdi
dribbled the ball through the opposing central defence and scored to make it 5 - 1.
With 80 minutes showing on the scoreboard clock, atletico showed some good skill and were able to reduce the score to 5 - 2 when Q. Coll
got past the home side's central defenders right in front of the goal.
had a couple of good opportunities to reply, but the home team's keeper S. Nuora
was simply unbeatable.
S.D.M. claimed to have seen most of the ball, and the statistics agreed with them - possession being 59 percent.
Most important S.D.M. player was P. Gesualdi
was a disappointment, however.
The most dominating atletico player was without a doubt R. Czekaj
However, Q. Coll
made a disastrous appearance.
The match ends 5 - 2.